EPICSAVE - Enhanced Paramedic Vocational Training with Serious Games and Virtual Environments - is a research Project financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany and the European Social Fund. A group of interdisciplinary project partners developed a serious game simulation based on virtual reality technology to train emergency paramedic students. For more information, please visit the project's website.
By using a simulation combined with a serious games approach, paramedic students can experience rare life-threatening scenarios and train their decision making in complex situations. In addition, trainees work on their technical and communication skills.
The German government's initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and the Deutsche Bank have jointly organized the competition "Excellent Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”. In 2017, EPICSAVE was one of the 100 innovative prize winners in the innovation competition, showing how curiosity and the willingness to rethink traditional methods can lead to innovations in the training of emergency paramedics. EPICSAVE addresses a topic of high social relevance and a target group of millions by enabling them to deal with medical emergencies. The results of the project were evaluated in two stages and were further developed in a follow-up project called ViTAWiN.